Seamer Parish Council update

The January meeting commenced with two PCSO officers from Stokesley, who answered questions related to the Police Report. An Open Forum followed, attended by two members of the community.

The issue of a tree on the verge between the Bank Top footpath and Stainton Road was raised. Parking on Hilton Road between Stainton Road junction and Bank Top was raised as an issue. The Chairman explained that NYCC had visited this site in January 2019 and indicated that because of financial pressures, it would not be possible to cut back the verge to allow vehicles to park off the main roadway. He also reported that all bins in the village had now been replaced and that the bin by the church gate was due to be re-sited at any time. Within the main meeting agenda, planning applications were noted, including those current and granted. Village maintenance issues were discussed, and the cutting back of trees on Holme Lane by Mark Joplin noted and thanks given. The purchase of a second-hand rotovator for ground works was discussed and agreed. The Chair gave feedback on the recent CSW (Speed Watch) deployments and an update on the approach from Crathorne regarding VAS signage. Councillor Paul Chapman reported on developments from the Climate Action Group; he had written an article for the Grapevine and he and the Chairman would meet with a local botanist in the near future. The Parish Clerk has submitted a detailed application for funding from the HDC ‘Make a Difference’ fund. Councillor Mark Murphy (Village Hall Committee) reported some progress on the Village Hall constitution although the deeds to the Hall had not yet been located. He noted recent festive events. He was asked to submit an article for the January issue of the Grapevine to report both on progress with current discussions and also the aims of fundraising. Discussions regarding Bank Top were still continuing, with advice being gathered from HDC, NYCC and YLCA. Similarly, legal ramifications regarding village greens were discussed and are to be followed up. It was agreed that resurfacing of the entry access to this area would be costed and undertaken. The Chairman had attended a meeting with HDC and Horton Housing regarding the ongoing issues with fly-tipping at Hillfield Close. There was one application to the Community Fund for funding for the Grapevine; this funding will be forthcoming from the Precept and not the Community Fund.

Minutes of this meeting are displayed on the noticeboards and on the website. An update from the March Parish Council meeting will appear in the next Grapevine.


The next meeting of the Parish Council is on Tuesday 19 May, 2020 (also the Parish Annual Meeting). As always, residents are welcome to attend.
Residents can access information about Parish Council and Community Fund matters in the following ways:
a) Attendance at the bimonthly Parish Council meetings, details of which are publicised in various locations: e.g. Parish Council noticeboards, website.
b) The Grapevine, where articles are regularly published.
c) Parish Council minutes; these are displayed on noticeboards and on the website.
d) By attendance at the Pop-In on Monday mornings, which Parish Council members attend whenever possible. If there are any points that need clarification, these will be fed back to the main PC meetings.
e) Residents are able to contact the Parish Council via email or telephone to discuss any matters that are of concern to them.
All matters concerned with the Community Fund are discussed as an agenda item at Parish Council meetings. Any residents who attend form part of the discussion and all viewpoints are taken into consideration when making a final decision.
Philip Taylor, Chair of the Parish Council
Email: (Parish Clerk)
Seamer Parish Council encompasses Seamer and Tame Bridge.

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